Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society
Preserving Finnish Canadian Heritage in Northwestern Ontario


Save the last three Wednesdays in June for folk dancing. For more information:  344-0937,

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance — Japanese proverb

Finnish Immigrant Life at Times of Death

All are invited to Samira’s talk on her new project Finnish Immigrant Life at Times of Death. This project is a look at death and mourning in Finnish North American communities through the lens of the history of everyday life.
This event is sponsored in part by Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society.

76th Finnish Canadian Grand Festival is coming June 24 – 26 to Thunder Bay Finn Festival 2016 poster

The Finnish Canadian Historical Society also participates in the Lakehead Social History Institutes community calendar. Our events are advertised on the Social History Institute’s website along with other local societies.
The Society is also currently involved in various local and international Finnish Canadian festivals. For each event, the Society has set up a booth where we proudly display our banner Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society / Thunder Bayn Kanadansuomalainen Historiaseura Brochures are handed out, membership is encouraged, and our publications are sold.
  • St.Urhos’ Day Celebration
    This is the main annual cultural festival originating among the Finns of North America, and offers a humorous alternative to St. Patrick’s Day. It is a manifestation of the unique nature of Finnish culture which celebrates their cultural creativity, and a zany sense of the absurd;
  • SuperiorFinn Juhannus / Midsummer Arts Festival
    This festival showcases the work and performances of Finnish artists. This year the Society took part in a silent auction of “Painted chairs”. One of our volunteers painted a chair to depict Finnish ancestry; the proceeds of all chairs went to charity;
  • Bay & Algoma Merchant Yard Sale
    This previous annual event was resurrected this summer to provide a venue for Bay-Algoma Street Business Association. Local Finnish artists displayed arts & crafts.
  • International FinnFling or the Finnish Canadian Grand Festival
    FinnFling is an  annual celebration of Finnish culture and heritage. First held in 1940, it takes place in a different North American community each year, and brings together Finnish Canadians from across Canada, Finland, and U.S.A. for unique cultural celebrations. This event was held in Thunder Bay, Ontario July 14 – 16, 2006 and previously in 1998.